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Corsair launches PC speakers, we try to get them kicked out of CES (video)

Cameron Wilmot | Audio, Sound & Speakers | Fri, Jan 7 2011 5:36 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - One of Corsair's big announcements at CES this year is the introduction of their very first PC speakers.

You may know Corsair has a newish audio group within its company that has a range of headsets and now Corsair continues its long lasting transition from being just a memory company, to one who I reckon wants to eventually buildup a big enough product portfolio that it can make its own high-end gaming PC systems from its own parts. Alright, so I might be getting ahead of myself here, but this is happening bit by bit.

Back on track, we hooked up with Dylan who is in charge of Corsair audio and he gave us a look at the SP2500 2.1 speaker system. It comes with plenty of neat features I won't begin to pretend I know about, but if you are an audio enthusiast and want a solid set of new PC speakers for your desk, it seems like Corsair is right on the money here.

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Dylan from Corsair told us we couldn't turn up the volume, but after just getting done telling us that even at 100% volume there is little to no distortion, he didn't need much arm twisting when we told him we had to crank it up. It sure did get the attention of everyone in the hall. Watch above.

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Corsair Isn't Waiting For SandForce to Get SATA 6G Speeds

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Fri, Jan 7 2011 5:30 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Marvell has another design win in the consumer SSD market. We met with Corsair earlier today and learned Corsair has named their soon to be released Marvell SATA 6G controlled drive P3.The new P3 will feature SATA 6G and very aggressive garbage collection. Since we still don't have TRIM support while using RAID the new Corsair P3 sounds like it will be a very good candidate for ultra high performance RAID arrays.

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The new Corsair P3 should be available in the next two to three weeks. At the time of writing it's sounding like SandForce will not have a SATA 6G controller ready in Q1 at all. We are meeting with SandForce in a few hours so just sit tight on the SF timeline.

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VIA shows off dual-core Nano processor at top Italian joint (video)

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Fri, Jan 7 2011 4:53 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - During Lunch at Piero's yesterday, the place to go during CES for top quality Italian food, VIA was once again at the event to showcase its newest wares. This year the big thing for VIA Tech is it's new 40nm dual-core CPU called the Nano X2 clocked at 1.4GHz.

Stu from VIA was kind enough to give us a rundown on the product and some of its capabilities in the demo system that was on display. What is impressive is VIA managed to add in a second core, but keep around the same TDP as the single core part.

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Watch the video above to get a quick look at it.

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Sapphire's new ION Mini PC is real tiny (video)

Cameron Wilmot | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Fri, Jan 7 2011 4:18 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - There are a couple real interesting nuggets of information from what we are about to tell you here from our second product look at the Sapphire earlier on yesterday in crazy town Vegas.

Where shall we start with this one? Sapphire has been a big AMD supporter for as long as I can remember, they bust out Radeon after Radeon and see some of the best sales results on the market.

When Bill from Sapphire showed us their new "Mini PC" as it is known for now since it is not yet fully completed, I could have sworn he said ION. But then he said it again and he even said NVIDIA. So, yes folks, Sapphire is mixing things up and getting ready some NVIDIA based products which is real interesting and getting its nose into what they are calling "lifestyle products".

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In the video below you get a look at the upcoming "Sapphire Mini PC with some numbers behind it" product and just how small it is, yet how capable it is as a computer.

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Sapphire talks maxed out Mini-ITX AMD Fusion and Xtend TV (video)

Cameron Wilmot | Motherboards | Fri, Jan 7 2011 4:07 AM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - Earlier on yesterday during the madness that is CES our first meeting was with Bill from Sapphire.

Bill is usually the guy to tell us about their latest and great graphics card, but as you might know, Sapphire is and has been in the process of expanding its line-up of products to cover more than just its core business of VGA.

Our first product look from their suite was their newly released PURE APU Mini-ITX motherboard. For the size of the motherboard, it comes packed with a large amount of features including three display outputs, USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth and more. Within the same video above, we also get a look at Sapphire Xtend TV which allows you to easily stream free-to-air TV from your home to wherever you are. Bill was streaming UK TV from his home without any issues at all in the demo we saw.

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More coming up from Sapphire in just a bit! Just to end this, Sapphire is working on some real exciting stuff, but during our meeting we hit pen to paper and now our mouths need to be sealed for just a bit longer.

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NVIDIA's dual-GPU spotted - creates a rush of blood to certain organs

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Thu, Jan 6 2011 10:42 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - NVIDIA partner EVGA has shown off some dual-Fermi GPU based goodness. The dual-GPU will be based off of two GTX500 series GPU's, which exact GPU's is unknown at the moment.

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The card has 3 DVI outputs, which would lead us to believe it's Surround Vision-capable from the single PCIe product. The card requires dual 8-pin PCIe power, so you'll need some a decent PSU to run this beast. The card also includes SLI which should be capable of attaching another dual-GPU based card and going for 4-way action.

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GIGABYTE shows a glimpse of a OC board

Sean Kalinich | Motherboards | Thu, Jan 6 2011 10:19 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011, GIGABYTE gives a sneak peak at a new overclocking board. During the launch of the G1-Killer line of motherboards Tim Handly gave the audience a glimpse of a new board built just for overclocking. The new and unnamed board has been designed by Hi Cookie himself. Tim teased the crowd with very few (almost none) details and a 5 second look at the board ona slide.

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ccording to what we have been able to tell the board has been stripped of everything you do not need to overclock. The removal of these "useless" peripherals you have a very simplified trace layout, power managemet scheme and you can tune for performance much easier than a board that is loaded up (even one that alows you to diable those items). Tim also noted that this baord is being designed by Hi Cookie himself so you know it is going to be good.

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GIGABYTE Launches the G1-Killer

Sean Kalinich | Motherboards | Thu, Jan 6 2011 10:02 PM CST

CES 2011, Las Vegas - January 5th 2011 GIGABYTE launched thier new series of gaming motherboards; the G1-Killer series. In what was setup to look like a paramilitary rally GIGABYTE launched three new motherboards designed for gaming. These new boards are aimed straight at the gamer with many features that will appeal to even the most deamanding of customers. These boards are part of GIGABYTE's war on gaming. Each is deisgned like the perfect soldier. GIGABYTE calls these parts Super Sight, Super Speed, Super Hearing and Super Shield.

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RumorTT: Next Call of Duty to be a Modern Warfare prequel? Raven at the helm?

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Jan 6 2011 6:54 PM CST

Wow - rumors are coming in thick and fast for this! Rumor is that the next Call of Duty title might be a prequel to the super-awesome Modern Warfare. According to the rumor, this new game will explore the backstory of the "Ghost" character and explain how he was recruited into Task Force 141.

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Included in the rumor is the game will run on the Modern Warfare 2 engine, rather than new tech. The biggest bit of this rumor is that Raven Software may be taking the helm in this new title. There has recently been a job advert for a lead FX person mentioning that it requires driving the development of stunning visual effects for "an established console-based, realistic, first-person military shooter".

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PS3 hacked to run custom firmware

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Jan 6 2011 6:43 PM CST

It's only been a week since fail0verflow revealed a hack to the PS3's near-impenetrable security. Another hacker who goes by the name "KaKaRoToKS" has gone a step further by delivering tools that will let you convert your standard PS3 firmware into some swish custom firmware.

This custom firmware is not about piracy though, with "KaKaRoToKS" saying "Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way."

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